Today had the most diversity and the highest number of birds banded this season. The high numbers were thanks in part to having help from Jacy Bernath-Plaisted, who also works for the Bird Conservancy and was volunteering here at the banding station yesterday and today.
The most notable bird of the day was a Philadelphia Vireo. We also caught the first Rock Wren and Brewer's Sparrow of the season. It was the first day that Wilson's Warblers were not the most commonly captured species. The total for the day was 91 birds banded of 20 species plus a Brown Thrasher that was first banded on September 12th.
Here's the summary of newly banded birds for the day: Wilson's Warbler: 21 Orange-crowned Warbler: 30 Ruby-crowned Kinglet: 4 Dusky Flycatcher: 2 Chipping Sparrow: 4 House Wren: 1 Philadelphia Vireo: 1 Audubon's Warbler: 2 Brewer's Sparrow: 1 Common Yellowthroat: 1 Dark-eyed Junco: 2 (1 Oregon, 1 Pink-sided) Rock Wren: 1 Lincoln's Sparrow: 6 Song Sparrow: 4 White-crowned Sparrow: 4 (2 Gambel's, 2 Mountain) Hermit Thrush: 1 Blue Grosbeak: 2 Gray Catbird: 1 Green-tailed Towhee: 1 Spotted Towhee: 2
You are welcome to visit the banding station. I'll be banding through the first week of October and nets will be open 6 days a week (Monday through Saturday). Next week I'm opening nets at 6:50 and banding until 11:50 weather permitting.
Kim Geissler Bander Chico Basin Ranch Station Bird Conservancy of the Rockies